Amador County Photographer Relives Nepal Earthquake Devastation

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Charleton Churchill is not your average wedding photographer.

“I like doing photographs of couples in nature that make it more epic,” Churchill said.

Last month, he went to Nepal for the shoot of a lifetime on Mount Everest.

Time and sheer luck saved him from danger when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake and avalanche struck.

“We were supposed to be camping right where the avalanche happened,” Churchill said.

Two days after returning to his Amador County home, he showed FOX40 his personal videos of the devastation.

He went to capture the greatest moment of one couple’s life. Instead, he documented the worst for so many.

“That’s where you kind of open your eyes and say ‘oh my gosh’ these people have no homes anymore. They’re actually camping outside under tarps,” Churchill said.

As he unpacks, his gear reminds him of the way he lived for so many nights.

“My backpack was fully loaded right next to the door, my iPhone right next to the door, we had everything ready,” Churchill said.

His three daughters are thankful to have their father back. They made him signs to welcome him home. And his wife, Kelly, now has a deeper appreciation for her husband.

“He’s a very determined person so when he decides to do something there’s nothing that stops him,” she said.

Not even an earthquake will stop him from trying to go back to Mount Everest.

The couple Churchill planned to photograph still got married in Nepal, in a different location.

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